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  1. Registering & Logging In
    1. How do I register as a user?
    2. How do I login?

  2. Business Directory
    1. How do I post my business to the business directory?

  3. Product and Price Lists
    1. How do I post my products and price list?

  4. Classified Ads
    1. How do I post my FREE Classified Ads?

  5. Coupons
    1. How do I post a coupon ad for my business?

  6. Banner Ads
    1. How do I post a banner ad for my business?

  7. Events Calendar
    1. How do I add my Event to "Viva" Des Moines Events Calendar?

  8. Articles
    1. How do I add my Article to the "Viva" Des Moines website?



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Q: How do I register as a user?
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1. Click the "Register" or "Register Here" link.
2. Complete the user detail form (Username & Password is case sensitive).
3. Click the "Register" button. You will then be sent an E-mail message with instructions for activating your account.
4. Click the link in your E-mail message to confirm and activate your account.



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Q: How do I login?
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Click the "Login" link.
Enter the Username and Password you registered with.
Click the "Login" button.
You will then be taken to the User Control Panel. It is from here that you will have access to use the features on our site. Once you leave the User Control Panel and go to another part of our site site, you do not have to go through the login process again to return to the User Control Panel. Simply click the "Login" link and it will automatically take you back into the User Control Panel.



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Q: How do I post my business to the business directory?
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  • You must be a Registered User.
  • After you register, click the "Login" or the "User Login" link.
  • Enter the Username and Password you registered with.
  • Click the "Login" button.
    (You will then be taken to the User Control Panel.)
  • Click the "Business Directory" icon in the User Control Panel (this will take you to the Current Business Listings page).
  • Click the "Add a new business listing to the city directory" link.
  • Complete the details form for your business listing. In the latter part of the details form you will be able to:
    1. choose up to 5 different categories to list your business in.
    2. upload a logo or photo (up to 8) for your business.
    3. choose which package option that you would like (either Standard Package, Premium Package. Chamber Members package etc.).
    4. depending upon the package option you choose, you may choose additional options for your business listing such as bold your listing, highlight your listing, add an attention grabber icon, or list your products/services and their prices. All these options (plus many more) are FREE with our Premium & Chamber Members Membership packages.
  • Select your payment option. (if applicable)
  • Click the "Submit Business" button.


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Q: How do I post my FREE Classified Ads?
A:

Adding your FREE Classified ad(s) to "Viva" Des Moines is very easy. Click here and follow the easy instructions.



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Q: How do I post a coupon ad for my business?
A:
  1. You must be a Registered User.
  2. After you register, click the "Login" or the "User Login" link.
  3. Enter the Username and Password you registered with.
  4. Click the "Login" button.
    (You will then be taken to the User Control Panel.)
  5. Click the "Coupons" icon in the User Control Panel (this will take you to the Coupons page).
  6. Click the "Click Here" link.
  7. Enter the number of coupons you would like to have.
  8. Select your payment option. (Our Premium & Chamber Member Businesses Directory Members may post unlimited coupons for FREE.)
  9. Click the "Purchase Coupon(s)" button. (Our Premium & Chamber Member Businesses Directory Members may post unlimited coupons for FREE.) 


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Q: How do I add my Event to "Viva" Des Moines Events Calendar?
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TO ENTER AN EVENT: Click on the number of the date you wish to post the event for. Then simply complete the entry. If you wish to upload a picture or icon you'll be given that option after you've clicked the submit button. To change months click on the << or >> at the top of the Calendar.

If your event is a recurring one, such as Bingo every Wednesday, you may enter the event once and choose the On a weekly basis option. Your event will appear on Wednesday of every week. Other reoccurring options are available as well.


TO EDIT AN EVENT: If you need to change information after an event has been posted please contact us for assistance. Your event will not show up immediately after being posted. It has to be approved to prevent inappropriate events from being posted.

 



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Q: How do I post a banner ad for my business?
A:
  1. You must be a Registered User.
  2. After you register, click the "Login" or the "User Login" link.
  3. Enter the Username and Password you registered with.
  4. Click the "Login" button.
    (You will then be taken to the User Control Panel.)
  5. Click the "Banners" icon in the User Control Panel (this will take you to the Banners page).
  6. If you do not have a Banner already created, you may use our Banner Creator Tool and create your own banner. To create your own banner:
    1. Click the "Banner Creator" icon.
    2. Select the Banner Template that you would like to use for your banner.
    3. Click the "Continue" button.
    4. Complete the banner design form details.
    5. Click the "Update Preview" button to see your new banner creation.
    6. If you do not like the banner, simply redo the design form details and click the "Update Preview" button again. Do this as many times as you like until you get your banner the way you want it to be.
    7. When your banner is the way you like it, click the "Accept Banner" button.
    8. Your banner is now ready to use. You need to download and save it on your computer for safe keeping. Simply click the "Click here to download your banner" button and save your banner picture in a file folder on your computer and remember where you saved it.
  7. If you already have a banner or you have just created a banner using our Banner Creator Tool, click the "Banners" icon to return to the Banners page.
  8. Choose where you want your banner ad to be located, either at the top of our web pages or at the bottom of our web pages.
  9. Click the "Click Here" link in the section that you want your banner to be located in.
  10. Enter the number of banners you would like to have.
  11. Select your payment option. (Our Premium & Chamber Member Businesses Directory Members receive 1 banner ad per month for FREE). 
  12. Click the "Purchase banner(s)" button. (Our Premium & Chamber Member Businesses Directory Members receive 1 banner ad per month for FREE).


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Q: How do I post my products and price list?
A:
  • You must be a Registered User.
  • After you register, click the "Login" or the "User Login" link.
  • Enter the Username and Password you registered with.
  • Click the "Login" button.
    (You will then be taken to the User Control Panel.)
  • Click the "Price Lists" icon in the User Control Panel (this will take you to the Price Lists page).
  • To use the Price Lists feature you must have chosen the Price Lists option when you listed your business in the business directory.
  • Our Premium & Chamber Member Businesses Directory Members will automatically have our Product and Price List options included with their Business Directory memberships and may post their Product and Price Lists for FREE. 


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Q: How do I add my Article to the "Viva" Des Moines website?
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Click here for easy instructions on how to add your Article to the "Viva" Des Moines website.



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